Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Daredevil and the WM3

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I just finished reading the first two issues of Daredevil: Redemption, a fictional recreation of the West Memphis 3 case, with Daredevil alter-ego Matt Murdock defending the fictional Damien Echols character.

It's important to remember that this is fictional, and therefore shouldn't be judged by the merits of the real case. On the other hand, that's pretty much impossible, as the authors use so many elements of the real case: a "forced confession" from a mentally challenged suspect (illustrated here by the suspect wanting to "please bargain" with the cops), one-dimensional rednecks as the bad guys, so forth. There's even a moment when one of the suspects informs Murdock that a murder weapon has been planted, saying "who would hide a murder weapon in their own back yard?," a direct allusion to the knife found in the pond behind Jason Baldwin's house.

And, of course, the coup-de-grace: a wife-and-child-beating parent to have as the real murderer.

It's a fun read, but it might make supporters blush a little bit. First off, if your massive conspiracy theory can be boiled down into comic book form, maybe it's not that good. Also, having Matt Murdock, a lawyer from New York City, as a stand-in for the reader points out something ugly about the supporters: their blue-state tendency to immdiately suspect the peckerwood father is just as prejudicial as other red-staters focusing on the heavy metal kids.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, because no one has ever layed out a complicated conspiracy in a comic book before. I know you own a copy of Watchmen.


2:00 PM  
Blogger The Bookhouse Boy said...

Alan Moore, this ain't.

2:19 PM  

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